Written by Bethany, PA to Luke Granger
Get Married At The Grand Marquee in Bickley
It was a delight to be invited to our first wedding open day of the year at The Grand Marquee in Bickley, who has recently refurbished their Bromley wedding venue. Organised by the lovely Karis from The Kent Wedding Company, a whole host of Kent based wedding suppliers joined forces to welcome and inspire couples as they came through the doors.
With bubbles flowing, food to sample and a goody bag too, it was certainly a fantastic opportunity for anyone planning a wedding in Kent to get stuck in with all things wedding. We loved meeting with so many happy couples as well as so many likeminded wedding suppliers under one roof.
For those that were unable to come along, I have written a little about each supplier below. Take a look around and if someone catches your eye, be sure to get in touch. Lets kick off with someone you may recognise...
Luke Granger Photography
Luke, Alex and I were on hand throughout the wedding fair to speak with couples about the range of packages we offer here at Luke Granger Photography.
Throughout the day, our smoke bombs and the drone caught a fair bit of attention, as did our Diamond Collection. Regular readers will already know that all our wedding photography packages come with a wedding album but the Diamond Package which combines photography and video is a little extra special. Hidden in the lid, a 10inch screen allows couples to enjoy reminiscing about their wedding in style, show their friends and really immerse themselves back to their special day.
Amazing Wedding Suppliers
A celebrant is a fantastic way to add extra personality to your wedding and Bex is most certainly the go to girl if you are choosing to step away from tradition. By incorporating a whole lot of fun and love, Bex's infectious energy will certainly rub off on your wedding guests.
Brownies, cookies, sweets and all round chocolate goodness is provided in abundance by Bexleyheath based business, Oh My Sugar. I love the idea of a wedding grazing table full of all their marvellous goodies, or even as a special gift for those with a sweet tooth.
There were so many lovely designs on display over at Dawn's wedding fair table it just proves how fantastically versatile she is as a designer. With invitations starting at just £1.75 you can certainly pair quality with affordability over at Rock n Paper.
It is always great to meet fellow creatives within the wedding industry and Canterbury based wedding videographer Chris, clearly has a fantastic portfolio of work at lots of our favourite Kent wedding venues.
For a couple looking to arrive in style, Sidcup based Three Kings Wedding Cars could be the perfect match for you.
With a Jaguar XJ Limousine and Bentley Arnage in their fleet, you will be catching attention for all the right reasons on your Kent wedding day.
Wedding Planning, floristry and wedding venue decor are all the expertise of The Kent Wedding Company. Karis and her team had decorated a range of tables throughout the marquee, each one individually themed to perfection.
Magicians are a great form of entertainment at a wedding and they always attract a buzz of guests around them.
Whether you book Matty Evans for a drinks reception during the wedding day or throughout the evening, you won't be dissappointed.
One of the best parts of any wedding is the wedding cake right? Especially if its chocolate. A work of art in itself, wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes so be sure to get creative.
Photo booths have become so popular over recent years but I have never seen one as stunning as Bluebelle! The perfect way to add a little retro feel to your day whilst encouraging your guests to have a giggle.
With "Say Yes To The Dress" Host and all round wedding legend, David Emmanuel a regular visitor to the Bromley Brides boutique, it's no doubt the team will be busy again this year. We loved seeing some of their work in person but be sure to book an appointment if you are searching for your dress.
Outside dining in 2021 started as a means to an end but with a stylish solution like this 360' Igloo, glamorous garden parties will be staying for good. Perfect for a small hen party or an intimate date night, you can even get a hot tub inside!
Make Up Artist, Ellie May and hair stylist Becky from Bella Rose in Bromley worked their magic on two bridal models during the wedding fair. Both brides were naturally beautiful but the ladies knew exactly how to add some bridal glam.
These guys really know how to get the party started and it was great to hear some live music again after so long. If you want to get your guests tapping their feet and singing along, Hit Parade will be a perfect choice.
With handmade veils, jewellery and hats designed by lovely Hazel, every bride can feel beautifully unique on her wedding day when she shops at Honey V. Whether you are after a modern or vintage look, take a look at these mini works of art.
A Canapé and drinks reception are a great way of filling time during your wedding day for you guests, whilst you head off to take some amazing wedding photos as a couple.
Covering across the country, Chef 2 Table have plenty of choice if you are looking for a traditional caterer with a twist.
Light up letters are really popular and make a great backdrop for us as wedding photographers to use throughout a wedding day. Whether you are looking to spell your names, Mr & Mrs or the traditional 'LOVE' Love couture can help
Whether you are after a plain wedding band or a bit of glitz and glamour, It was great to see a wide range of options from Robert James. Based in Orpington, Kent, the team can create bespoke designs too so the possibilities are endless.
Kings Hill based Jax Bakes offers plenty of tempting treats that are perfect for weddings and events of all shapes and sizes. I loved the cakesicles and how everything she makes has so much detail and love put into it.
Catering at any event is so important and I rest assured you won't be disappointed. I have never in my life tasted anything so moreish as the Chicken Samosas served by Indian Essence. I practical leaped on the waitress as she passed by our stand and I'm very keen to visit their restaurant soon, everything was so delicious.
Jonathon Waterman brings a fantastic presence with him so if you are looking for a toastmaster in Kent you will be in safe hands. A toastmaster is a great addition to a wedding and really helps the day run smoothly as they organise guests and communicate messages.
What a way to enjoy some luxury! Whether its on the wedding day itself or to take you to the airport for your honeymoon, a polite and professional chauffeur will make you feel like royalty.
Whether you are after alterations or a custom made suit tailored for your wedding day, Couchman Bespoke sure does know her stuff. With a strong focus on resourcing materials ethically, you can help create something that is both fantastic and affordable.
Every bride deserves a pre wedding pamper and with a whole host of treatments available, I would suggest enjoying some relaxing with the ladies at Dartford based Pamper Place who will be sure to look after you.
More Photos From The Grand Marquee at Bickley Open Day
Model Lana wore...
A Lillian West wedding dress supplied by Bromley Brides
Make Up by Ellie May from Bella Rose Bromley
Hair by Becky from Bella Rose Bromley
Hair Peice by Honey V
Flowers by The Kent Wedding Company
Planning A Wedding in Kent
If you are planning a wedding in Kent, I hope the range of suppliers featured at The Grand Marquee Open Day within this blog has been helpful. As a wedding photographer based in Kent, we love meeting couples and discussing plans for their day so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.